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Education Security: 5 Simple Ways to Protect Education Records

Posted by Vijay Basani on Aug 6, 2015

Because we feel, with good reason, that children are special, we tend to forget that the technology used to teach them, keep their records, count attendance, and send out grades is anything but.

Edtech, as it’s called, is as vulnerable as any other technology. Because education is an increasingly profitable sector, the data it produces—from K–12 through university graduate programs—is susceptible to the same forces as the rest of world. In particular, you see the same corner-cutting on the part of developers and the hacking by criminal gangs and nation states.

The most recent instance of this vulnerability? Impero Education Pro.

Top 5 Security Measures For Educational Institutions

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 22, 2014

It seems like the press is full of educational institution breaches recently:
  • On February 18, 2014, the University of Maryland was the victim of a computer security attack that exposed records containing personally identifiable information (PII).
  • A week later, Indiana University announced that a staff error had exposed information on 146,000 students for 11 months.
  • A week after that, the North Dakota University System reported that a server containing names and Social Security numbers for more than 290,000 current and former students and about 780 faculty and staff, had been hacked.
  • Shortly after that on April 2014, Iowa State IT staff discovered unauthorized access to five departmental servers on campus. An extensive analysis of the information breach has revealed the compromised servers contained Social Security numbers of 29,780 students

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